As winter quickly approaches, the topic of energy efficient windows seems to be at the forefront of every homeowner’s mind. Whether you have new windows and you want to maximize their efficiency or yours are older and they need a little extra help, there are various steps you can take on your own to keep your home warm.
Chances are if you have older windows, you experience drafts in certain areas of your home. If you suddenly feel much colder in one room as opposed to others in your home, chances are you have a draft. If you are unsure which window is causing the draft, take a candle near the one that you suspect has a draft and watch the flame of the candle. If the flame moves, then you have a draft. If this is the case for you, you should perform a few quick steps:
- Caulk – This is the first culprit in unnecessary air flow entering your home. You should replace the caulk on the interior and exterior of your windows to ensure a tight seal all the way around.
- Locks – Check all of the locks on your windows. If they do not properly secure, the sash does not completely seal, allowing small amounts of air into your home.
- Weather Stripping – New weather stripping will reduce the number of cracks that allow air into your home. This is a quick, do-it-yourself type repair that can save you hundreds of dollars as well as keep you warm.
If you don’t want to work with the windows you have, it is important to understand the different types of energy efficient glass that you can purchase.
- Low-E – Low emissivity glass, otherwise known as Low-E, will help you to keep the warm air in your home during the winter and the warm air out of your home in the summer simply by radiating the heat appropriately from the interior and exterior of your home.
- Insulated Glass – If your budget allows, look for glass that is insulated with argon or krypton gas. The gas in the glass fuels the insulation value of your windows, allowing you to stay warmer without having to increase your utility bills during the cold winter months.
Energy efficient windows are of utmost importance, especially during the winter months. Finding ways to increase the efficiency of older windows or getting replacement windows, is the best way to reduce your utility bills and increase the comfort of your household.